SHAH ALAM — March 22, 2019: A forensic medical specialist told the inquest today that an internal examination showed that two broken rib bones of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim had pierced his right lung.
Adib, 24, died at the National Heart Institute on December 17, twenty-one days after he was severely injured in a riot outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. He had gone there with a team to put out a car fire.
The inquest is to determine the cause of death. There have been allegations that his injuries were due to an attack by rioters and also claims that he was injured after a fire truck had reversed into him.
According to Dr. Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Adib’s sternum or breast bone was not broken but the second to fifth right rib bones were broken in the front and side. The third rib bone was broken in three places and the fourth rib bone, in two.
The inquest before coroner Rofiah Mohamad was to resume in the afternoon. — Bernama